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426. James Tate BRYCE was born on 7 Apr 1947 in 19 Back Clive Street, Southwick Sunderland. He was baptized in 1947 in High Southwick Methodist Church, The Green, Southwick, Sunderland. In 1961 he was an Apprentice Fitter and Turner/Joiner / Office Boy Austin & Pickersgill shipyard. In Jun 1963 he was a Junior Electrical Mechanic at HMS Raleigh in the Royal Navy in Torpoint, Cornwall. In 1964 he was an Electrical Mechanic then Ordnance Electrical Mechanic HMS Ark Royal in Devonport, Devon. In 1968 he was a Leading Ordnance Electrical Mechanic in HMS Undaunted, Portsmouth, Hants. In 1973 he was an Acting Petty Officer Ordnance Electrical Mechanic in HMS Exmouth, Portsmouth, Hants. In Apr 1974 he was a Fireman with Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Sunderland. In 1983 he was a Leading Fireman in Sunderland Central Fire Station. In 1985 he was a Sub Officer Fire Brigade in Sunderland Fire Station. In 1987 he was a Station Officer in Newcastle Fire Brigade Headquarters. In 2002 he was a retired from Fire Brigade Station Officer in Fire Brigade HQ, Newcastle. He was educated High Southwick Infant & Junior School, West Southwick Secondary Modern School. He was Methodist. James Tate Bryce

A book entitled "Sunderland Fire Brigade" was written and published by James Tate Bryce in 1992, to coincide with the Official opening of the new Sunderland Fire Station by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1993. About the Author: J.T.Bryce A native of Sunderland, on leaving school he worked at Austin & Pickersgills shipyard at Southwick. A downturn in the shipbuilding market, coupled with the closure of Short's shipyard at Pallion and the redistribution of apprentices around the other shipyards on the river, meant that his planned apprenticeship would not be possible. He left the shipyard to join the Royal Navy in 1963 and saw service aboard Her Majesty's Ships Ark Royal (1964-1967), Undaunted (1968-1971) and Exmouth (1972-1974), by which time he was serving as a Petty Officer Ordnance Electrician and was living in Portsmouth with his wife and two sons. He left the navy in 1974 after eleven years service to join Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade and moved back to Sunderland. Although he didn't serve in Sunderland Fire Brigade, his interest in it started by chance. Whilst researching the phenomena of Spontaneous Human Combustion he was frustrated by the lack of information on the subject. However, whilst researching the indexes under "S" for Spontaneous, he kept finding references to Sunderland and its fire brigade. He soon had a wealth of information on the Brigade and virtually none on the other subject. Although the search first started at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire, the quest for more information continued on return to Sunderland and many hours were spent in the Local Studies Section of the Central Library in Sunderland, often following a busy nightshift at the Dun Cow Street Fire Station.

James Tate BRYCE and Dorothy Anne SPURS were married on 12 Jun 1965 in Sunderland Register Office. Wedding witnesses: Mr Norman Hildrew Miss Christina Spurs Dorothy Anne SPURS (daughter of Norman SPURS and Christina HALL) was born on 8 Dec 1946 in 32 John Street, South Hylton, Co Durham. She was educated Havelock Secondary Modern School. She was a Paper Mill, School Meals Kitchen Assistant. She was Methodist. James Tate BRYCE and Dorothy Anne SPURS had the following children:

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Craster James BRYCE.

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Kevin BRYCE.